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Creative Matters with Marcus Hipa

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Marcus Hipa is a Niuean artist born and raised in Alofi, Niue Island currently living in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa NZ. Drawing, painting and carving are some of the mediums he utilises to explore and share insights of his people's history and culture.

Marcus moved to Aotearoa New Zealand at age 17, attending the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, completing both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

His work celebrates the values, traditions, progress and sense of community and sheds light on social and political issues affecting the Pacific people in the Pacific region and in Aotearoa.

We talk about Marcus's experience at Art School at age 18 not long after moving to Aotearoa from Niue. He discusses the gestural, intuitive, graphic, lineal and figurative aspects of his work and the ways he enjoys to make. He dives deep into 3 of his artworks created in 2022: Petals Adrift; Heroes Scrape Coconuts and Smoke Signals.

Petals Adrift 2022

Heroes Scrape Coconuts 2022

Smoke Signals 2022

Kele Kele 2021

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